Trax Restaurant & Cafe
Trax Restaurant & Cafe

Trax Restaurant & Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.traxcafe.com/
  • Phone: 2155919777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Steven Waxman
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Catering: Trax Restaurant & Café since 1998. Birthday & anniversary parties, family events, meetings, holiday and office parties, reunions, showers and more. Call Chef/Owner Steven Waxman at 215-591-9777 to design a menu tailored to your needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: Saturday afternoon & Sunday private parties available. Weekdays also available.
  • Private Party Contact: Steven Waxman 2155889234x
  • Special Events: Outdoor dining, First Fridays, Cooking Classes, & local organic farmers market every Saturday from May till November(visit Ambler Farmers Market)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Maple Ave.
  • Public Transit: Located on the SEPTA R - 5 line
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free Pull up parking available, complimentary!
A word from Trax Restaurant & Cafe
Chef/Owner Steven Waxman opened Trax in the restored Ambler train station in 1989, after many years in his family wine business. Chef Waxman’s early career in the wine industry took him across the globe from Napa Valley and Burgundy – sampling fine wines & eating outstanding regional cuisine. Those early culinary experiences coupled with apprenticeships in restaurants along the East Coast motivated him to open his own restaurant, where people could enjoy food as extraordinary as the wines in their private collections. His goal was to prepare a menu that would satisfy the most discriminating palate – his own.

Whenever possible, Chef Waxman gets ingredients from small, local purveyors and farms that he knows he can trust. Some of the herbs and vegetables are even grown in the restaurant’s award-winning garden, which won a “Community Greening Award from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
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Trax Restaurant & Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (44)great for outdoor dining (41)fit for foodies (32)romantic (27)special occasion (19)good for groups (9)scenic view (9)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Fresh and Local gourmet cuisine
    amblerviking
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I recently enjoyed a birthday dinner at Trax Café. Started out with a fabulous roasted vegetable bisque that was probably the best soup I've ever had. Moved on to a juicy, delicious pork chop (not anything you would find at a supermarket). Finished with a lovely dish of fresh local fruit. My dining companions raved about the peach crisp and the brownie sundae. Trax is a local gem - I have been there many times and have never had a bad meal. The venue is small (a restored train station), but outdoor seating expands the availability in the summer. BYOB is great, as you can spend your money on the outstanding food. Service is also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SteveVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We returned to Trax after along time and had a lovely time. The crab/corn appetizer was amazing. It was a delicious pasta dish that the chef prepared for me while it was not on menu and I was not only very accommodating but also delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was excellent; ambience good.
    linmcreviews
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The outside could use a little "cleaning up". Sidewalk swept; planters with live plants instead of dead ones. Vines were a little overgrown.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ehh... not what it used to be
    Buffy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wife and I went for our wedding anniversary. It was alarming to see only 3 other couples dining at 7pm on a Friday night. The soup was delicious however limited entree selection left us ordering something we would have rather not. Server and ambience were great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CozyCharming Ambience SucculentMenu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Between the tastefully renovated intimate setting in a small Train Station, outdoor dining and the menu featuring local grown food presented elegantly, this was my best dining experience of the summer. I enjoy a less formal setting with unpretentious class and this was it. We had a wonderful and comfortable evening, The web site conveys the place nicely, though it doesn't emphasize the wonderful outdoor décor to it's fullest. Not inexpensive but worth every cent. This will become a regular place at the top of my list. Bon Appetit !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    3friendsdinner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    It was a good restaurant for a get together with friends. The server spaced the courses so that we had time to chat. It was on a week day evening so that could have made a difference. Since the restaurant is located in our childhood home town, it made it fun to reminiscence. The food was very good and the presentation was well done. We all had something from the fixed price menu. I would definitely do this again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • zman
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    It is a very good restaurant worthy of a visit. Steven Waxman is the original farm to table chef.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh local food
    zman
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Trax with Chef Steven Waxman is one of the original restaurants that use local food and produce that is now copied by many area restaurants. We have been dining their regularly since it first opened. His menu is creative and the recipes always very enjoyable. It can be a touch noisy inside when the place is crammed as it can be especially in colder months. It is always fun to go and we recommend it for some [lace different and VERY enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Danthefoodman13
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    First time we have been at Trax in a while. We sat down to find there was a restaurant week special, which was great. I thought the menu gave us enough options to go with the three course price fix. We put our order in and sat..... for a while. The waitress did come and apologize, but the restaurant really wasn't busy enough for this delay. Apps came and they were good, and then we waited again. Dinner a was good again and we don't like to be rushed but this was the opposite. So don't be in a hurry or even on a schedule. The ambiance is nice and it is more roomy then on previous visits and the food is always good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week Visit
    Bella3
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Had a great meal during Restaurant Week. The menu items were great and yet we all chose an addition to the Prix Fix; Rack of Lamb. Delicious. Service was great as well. Dinner, appetizer, and dessert all for $40 was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Historic train station - enjoyable
    love4food
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Went to celebrate husband's birthday with family, all got the three course restaurant week specials, everyone got something different, loved the kale salad, corn crab custard, chicken, bass and desserts. Got there at 5pm got loud as evening went on.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    kmz19002
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Everything was delicious, service was prompt but we never felt rushed. BYOB. Perfect date night dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food BYOB
    DavidfromBlueBell
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Trax Cafe is a great restaurant located at the Ambler train station. The food is locally sourced (they even grow some of the vegetables in their own garden) and the prices are reasonable for the quality. They are a BYOB which saves money and the service is friendly but definitely not rushed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood treasure
    LGFoodie
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Enjoyed a great meal with excellent service. Love this neighborhood restaurant and I need to eat here more often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What's not to like?
    wanttobeafan
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Quiet, friendly, charming, super clean, classy, amazing fresh food prepared by a wizard (from A to Z) and you are served promptly but can take your time too. BYOB is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable
    TkapVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Trax is always an enjoyable evening. The food is good and the chance to sit outside by the railroad tracks makes it a fun night. I like the new summer additions to the menu. The gazpacho was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    katydid
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We ate outside on a beautiful June night. Expected the train noise so no surprise but it was a weekend so not too bad. I think the hostess could have been dressed more appropriately than black spandex head to toe and neon sneakers. She looked like she was going out for a run. The food was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very enjoyable evening
    dfc9258VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Took my mom here for dinner as it is now one of her favorite spots. I requested a quite table by the window and when we walked into the restaurant, our table was waiting as requested. The ambiance in the restaurant is quaint and subdued and it is fun watching the trains go by. The restaurant is dark, but nicely lit with tea lights that makes the dining room very relaxing. The food was very good and Kate our server was very friendly and efficient and makes sure that you are well taken care of. Prices are a little on the high side, but since it is a BYOB, it is still a better deal than most nice restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Great Dinner
    elwood18974
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    What can I say? - this is our 6th or 7th time dining here - the food and service were once again excellent. As it was a nice evening we dined outside at a table close to the train tracks, and train traffic was low. We enjoyed our dinner so much even if a train had gone by we didn't notice! Staff and servers provided were their usual great service. They had my favorite soup, and adjusted my wife's order to accommodate her gluten intolerance. Can't wait for an excuse to go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best rissoto ever!
    FlourtownFoodster
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Best risotto ever! The scallops, stuffed portobello mushrooms and prosciutto wrapped asparagus were fantastic too. Don't stop there - the deserts were great too! All of this and some great ambience from a soulful and angelic voice playing some coffee house style music on the guitar. A great dining treat all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    PaulaVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I would highly recommend this BYOB restaurant. The food was amazing, especially the asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, crab risotto with scallops and the sea bass. I would suggest, if sitting outside, to sit away from the railroad tracks. The noise and wind from the train is annoying. Other than that, this is a great place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty!
    EpicureanD
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    From the warm goat cheese fritter to the dark chocolate mousse everything we were served was a feast for the senses! Beautifully plated & absolutely delicious! We sat out in the garden, which was lovely! The only issue was that our server seemed to have a very large area to cover and therefore a little scattered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 382 reviews are from the Trax Restaurant & Cafe reviews archive.
  • Very pleasant outdoor dining
    amblerob
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    It was a wonderful night for outdoor dining - temperature just right - no bugs and the overhang kept away the gentle rain that fell intermittently. When a train goes by it is a conversation stopper (and then restarter), but it is overall very pleasant on a nice night (from previous experience, I'd give the indoor dining ambience a 3 star score- it's a bit crowded and loud, when everyone is packed in). The food is reliably good at Trax - the crab cakes and lamb dishes are among my favorites.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great visit
    sashi
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Love going here. Love the chef's creations and the service ia always great.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great little place with great food
    stevebVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    we have been there many times and will definitely go back, food always great! BYOB which is great too.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solidly OK
    CookE
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Could be we just ordered the wrong thing. Our friends are vegetarian, and they were thrilled with what the chef prepared for them. My salmon was tasty but overdone, and my husband's slow cooked braised beef was not tender at all. The atmosphere is fun --with the trains rolling by, it's different and kind of cool. The service was friendly and attentive. I would try again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • katcar
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    The food is fantastic, but both times I was at Trax there was a large group that was so loud I found it hard to carry on a conversation with my dinner partner. The dining room is very small and intimate, and if there's a large group, it's almost impossible for anyone else to have an enjoyable experience. We asked to move outside, which was very nice, and weather permitting, I would recommend eating outdoors on their back patio. If you're a fan of trains, the R5 roars past periodically, which offers a sense of travel romance.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • never a bad meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Tenth time here and food always good and usually interesting. BYOB is also major draw. On nice days can sit outside ( although train going by can rarely be a pain). We recommend Trax to even our most critical foodie friends and have never gotten negative feedback.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent once again
    elwood18974
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Once again, the food was excellent. Brought my Mother to dinner and she thoroughly enjoyed the Lamb special. This is my fifth or sixth time dining here and it has never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dissappointed.
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    This was our 3rd visit to this restaurant and we made reservations for a Friday evening. The restaurant was totally empty, with one other couple besides us. The waitress was arrogant, discourteous, and with such few people she still seemed, to rush us, and when we requested to wait to order our dinner, we felt she wanted to see what was good for the chef and kitchen staff. We are very disappointed and felt it was a most unemployable evening, when we just wanted to relax and enjoy after a busy week.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Passover friendly
    Time2DineVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Wanted to go out but were concerned about it being Passover. Lots of options made ordering relatively easy. No surprises, "waiter" was good, food was very good, we'd go back.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Janet
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Lovely evening... Really delicious food, nice atmosphere. Will return soon!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not the best, still worth a visit
    dina
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    If you are just looking for a casual dinner and trying some place new, this is worth a visit. It is extremely small, which makes it very "warm", but the noise level can get a bit loud, although not in a disruptive way. (there is outdoor seating, we could not use, but would definitely change the space/noise factor). The service was friendly and attentive. BYOB - which keeps the bill reasonable. The food was presented well, but no real "wow" factor. If having a fabulous culinary experience is your goal, then this is not the place for you. if you just want a night out with friends in a pleasant atmosphere with tasty, although not amazing food - You should put this on your list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A fun evening out; attentive
    Funky
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    A fun evening out; attentive service, delicious food, nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bluebeller
    BluebellerVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Smallish, a bit cramped and quite noisy. That said, the waitstaff is attentive and the food sufficiently varied and good. The cod special was OK, the salmon quite good and the mushroom bisque excellent. Desserts limited in number, but sufficiently varied and quite good. BYOB, with iced bucket provided for white wine. We used it as a pre-theater meal (Act 2 in Ambler just a few blocks away) but it's fine for just a single evening out.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a very small space so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    It's a very small space so it's loud and hard to regulate the temperature. We were alternately hot (the heating vent was under our table) and cold (when the front door opened). Food and service were great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Good Times
    Wmbrennan
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Trax is a great place to enjoy a really good meal. It's BYOB so you save money. We got the french onion and salad wedge with house cured bacon. The soup was unique as it used white onions and Gruyere cheese mixed together with some croutons for a new taste. The salad was only OK. For the dinner, we had the bay scallops and lobster meat over fettuccine with vodka rosa sauce and tilapia with rice, mango salsa, and crab meat. Both were outstanding. We finished with the chocolate mousse. Great food and nice setting. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite restaurant
    20thanniv
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Always have great food and great service. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Repeat customers
    elwood18974
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Our fourth time at Trax; once again fantastic food. Always something new to try, plenty of choices, and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentines Day Treat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Our experience on Valentines day was exceptional. Trax offered a price fix 4 course menu. The choices gave a wide variety of choices, all of which were tempting. The price was extremely fair and as a BYO, the experience was very memorable. Definitely on my list for a favorite place to dine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.